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This Week: Two Thursday Forums on SF’s Transportation Woes

This Thursday evening has two promising forums on transportation, unfortunately scheduled at the same time. The SF Bay Guardian will host a forum on “how to create the transportation system San Franciscans need,” while a SPUR forum looks at why SF’s parking problems could be temporary. Also, don’t miss the final two Transportation 2030 community meetings on the November ballot measures in Districts 3 and 9.

Here are all of this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday and Thursday: Transportation 2030 community meetings: Join Supervisors David Chiu in District 3 (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) and David Campos in District 9 (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) for the final two community meetings about the city’s proposed November ballot measures to raise transportation revenues.
  • Wednesday: City planners will host an open house about redesigning upper Haight Street to upgrade transit and pedestrian safety, and you can weigh in on the latest proposals. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: The SF Bay Guardian hosts a forum called ”Bikes, Buses, and Budgets: How to Create the Transportation System San Franciscans Need.” Supervisor Scott Wiener, Street Fight author Jason Henderson, and the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Chema Hernández Gil will tackle “the gap between political rhetoric and realities on the street.” 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: At the same time, SPUR hosts a forum to discuss “the present state of parking and what can be done to make the future less gridlocked.” Panelists include reps from the SF Transit Riders Union, Nelson/Nygaard, and Calle 24, the 24th Street merchant and neighborhood association. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: This week’s SFMTA engineering hearing agenda includes 76 on-street car-share parking spaces, 11 bus zone extensions, and more. You can show your support for these proposals by attending, or by writing to sustainable.streets@sfmta.com with the subject line “Public Hearing.”

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Don’t Miss Streetsblog Happy Hour

Highlight of the week: Join Streetsblog and fellow advocates this Thursday for a happy hour at Virgil’s Sea Room — we’d love to see you.

Elsewhere this week: Supervisors host three Transportation 2030 open house meetings on ballot measures, SPUR hosts a walking tour of the Transbay Transit Center and looks at updates on California High-Speed Rail, and Folks for Polk hosts a pub talk with key city street design staffers.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Three supervisors will host Transportation 2030 open houses in their respective districts to discuss transportation funding measures on the ballot in November: D11 Supervisor John Avalos on Monday, D6 Supervisor Jane Kim on Tuesday, and D1 Supervisor Eric Mar on Wednesday. Check the schedule for an open house in your district in the coming weeks.
  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors will consider plans for a pedestrian-friendly block of Bartlett Street in the Mission and the trial restriction of cars on crooked Lombard Street. 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: SPUR hosts two events on major transit projects in the works: On Tuesday, take a construction site tour of the Transbay Transit Center, which is poised to become the “Grand Central Station of the West.” 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, a lunchtime forum will feature updates on California High-Speed Rail’s projected ridership, lower total costs, and business plan from CAHSRA’s Ben Tripousis. 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Join a pub talk with Folks for Polk featuring Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, SFMTA Livable Streets Section Leader Seleta Reynolds, and other city staffers to discuss the future of Polk Street and the transportation ballot measures. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Come unwind at a Streetsblog happy hour at Virgil’s Sea Room, which has generously offered 10 percent of its bar proceeds to benefit Streetsblog SF. Join us for a drink, mingle with fellow advocates, and take a shot at winning some of our great raffle prizes. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: SFFD Wider Streets Hearing, Transportation 2030

A City Hall hearing this afternoon is your chance to weigh in on the SFFD’s push for wider streets, followed by the first open house on the Transportation 2030 funding measures planned for November’s ballot. Later this week: a SPUR forum also envisions “the car-less city,” the city holds a workshop on redesigning Ocean Avenue, and Streetsblog’s Aaron Bialick will discuss how to win over bike lane skeptics.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Monday: Speak out on SFFD’s push for wider streets at a City Hall hearing, called by Supervisor Scott Wiener, that will explore the safety benefits of narrower, slower streets along with claims that they would hinder fire trucks. 1:30 p.m.
  • Also Monday: The city kicks off its first Transportation 2030 open house to discuss the November ballot measures for transportation funding, hosted by District 5 Supervisor London Breed. Check the schedule for an open house in your district in the coming weeks. 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: A city without cars? “New kinds of mobility are forcing us to rethink how our streets and cities function,” and SPUR’s lunchtime forum explores the implications for urban planning. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: City agencies will present concepts for redesigning Ocean Avenue, to make the commercial corridor work better for walking, bicycling, and transit. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join Streetsblog’s Aaron Bialick at an SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk on about we can win support for bike lanes by re-thinking the way we talk about bicycling. 6:30 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Bike to Work Day, CalBike Party, Safer Columbus

Thursday marks the 20th annual Bike to Work Day. The California Bicycle Coalition will hold a benefit party on Wednesday; buy tickets through our site and Streetsblog will get a cut. City agencies will also hold an open house to present new proposals for a redesign of Columbus Avenue.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors agenda includes a presentation from the Planning Department about removing the northern spur of the 280 freeway, a presentation on the transportation revenue ballot measures planned for this November, and adoption of a strategy to improve Muni service in low-income neighborhoods. 1 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: At a community open house meeting on a redesign of Columbus Avenue, city planners will present the latest proposals for a road diet, making room for transit lanes and buffered bike lanes. Some merchants are still fighting the heavily-vetted plans, so show your support and help ensure North Beach finally gets the main street it deserves. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CalBike will hold its “Bay Lights for Better Bikeways” benefit party in the Transamerica Pyramid. Get tickets using our link, and 25 percent of the proceeds will go towards Streetsblog SF. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join the pedal commute on Bike to Work Day, where commuters will be treated with snacks and coffee at energizer stations throughout the city and the Bay Area.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Learning From Suburbia, Sunday Streets Bayview

Author Benjamin Ross is in town to discuss his new book about the approaching end of suburban sprawl, and Bayview and Dogpatch get another opportunity to enjoy Sunday Streets.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Thursday: Benjamin Ross speaks twice about his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, exploring lessons from suburbia. He’ll be at SPUR’s lunchtime forum at 12:30 p.m., and at Green Arcade bookstore at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Sunday StreetsCome out and enjoy car-free streets like Third Street in Bayview and the Dogpatch. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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This Week: Bike to School

More than 40 schools in San Francisco will be participating in this year’s Bike to School Week, sponsored by the SF Safe Routes to School Partnership and organized by the SF Bicycle Coalition.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • All Week: For Bike to School Week, more than 2,500 students and adults at 40 schools around the city are expected to partake in the joys of urban biking.
  • Tuesday: SPUR’s lunchtime forum focuses on SFMTA’s upcoming planning initiatives, exploring the relationship between future land use development and transportation options and touching on subjects like waterfront planning and shuttle bus policies. 12:30 pm.
  • Thursday: Join a District 9 walk with Supervisor David Campos, hosted by SPUR, through neighborhoods like the Mission, Bernal Heights, and Portola. 3 p.m.

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This Week: SFMTA Board Votes on Sunday Parking Meters

Tomorrow, the SFMTA Board of Directors could vote tomorrow on a budget that caves to pressure from Mayor Ed Lee and undoes Sunday parking metering. On Thursday, a SPUR panel explores the idea of a contra-flow transit lane on the Bay Bridge.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors could vote on a two-year budget that includes the removal of Sunday parking meters. Although SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin has suggested compromised options, the proposed budget includes the full reversal of Sunday meters. This is your chance to call on the board to buck the mayor and retain smart parking policy. 2 p.m.
  • Thursday: SPUR’s lunchtime forum explores the possibility of a contraflow bus lane on the Bay Bridge, which could support increased bus demand once the Transbay Transit Center is completed in 2017. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Come see updated and detailed plans for the SF Public Utilities Commission’s Sunset Boulevard Greenway Project, aimed at creating rain gardens that capture stormwater within the street. 5 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Walk to Work Day, Sunday Streets, Pricing on 101

SPUR’s lunchtime forum this week looks at how congestion pricing could benefit Highway 101. This Friday is Walk to Work Day, and Sunday Streets returns to the Tenderloin and Civic Center.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Wednesday: SPUR’s lunchtime forum will explore the prospects for congestion pricing on 101, with reps from the SF County Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Valley Transportation Authority, and TransForm. 12:30 pm.
  • Friday is Walk to Work Day. Take a stroll to City Hall with your supervisor: Every district rep is participating. The supes will depart from one of 13 hubs around the city, where you can also get some coffee and goodies.
  • Sunday: The second Sunday Streets of the year is in the Tenderloin and Civic Center, bringing car-free streets back to the heart of the city. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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This Week: SFMTA Budget Talks, Supes Hear Shuttle Appeal

This week, the SFMTA’s Board of Directors begins its budget talks, the Board of Supervisors hears an appeal on the SFMTA’s private shuttle regulation pilot program, and SPUR hosts a bicycle tour of the city’s newest green infrastructure. Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors meets to discuss the agency’s FY 2015-16 budget. This is your chance to speak out on the proposal to repeal Sunday parking metering, and to call for more funding for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects. 1 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The Board of Supervisors considers an appeal claiming that the SFMTA’s pilot program to regulate private shuttles is subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act. 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: SPUR hosts a bike tour of San Francisco’s newest green infrastructure, like rain gardens and bioswales. 12 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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This Week: Final Open House on Redesigning Polk Street

The SFMTA will unveil its final proposals for a redesigned Polk Street this Wednesday — don’t miss this chance to weigh in. The SFMTA Board of Directors also meets to go over the recommended service adjustments in the Muni TEP, and SPUR discusses how big data is shaping transit policy.

Here are this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: Listen in on a SPUR lunchtime forum on how the growing body of data on transit use allows experts “to make smarter decisions about transportation investments and operations while greatly improving the experience for travelers.” 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Don’t miss the final open house for Polk Street’s redesign. SFMTA staff will present details and collect feedback on the final proposed street configuration and “public realm enhancements such as lighting, landscaping, bulbouts and alley improvements.” 5:30 p.m. In preparation, the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Central City Committee will discuss the plans Monday (tonight) at 5 p.m.
  • Friday: The SFMTA Board of Directors  holds a special meeting to consider staff-recommended changes to Muni lines as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project. 8 a.m.

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